With the opioid epidemic top of mind for the nation, it’s easy to get lost in the revolving door of a 24-hour news cycle. We thought we’d recap some of the most talked about and important news stories related to addiction and the opioid crisis thus far this fall.
- Senate advances plan to combat opioid epidemic (USA Today)
In a bill that aims to combat the opioid epidemic, the Senate voted 99-1 to approve steps like preventing prescription painkillers from being illegally transported into the US and providing Americans better access to addiction treatment and prevention programs.
“A comprehensive crisis demands a comprehensive solution,” said Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “That’s exactly what this landmark legislation is.”
The bipartisan bill still needs to be voted through the House of Representatives, but experts say that it will likely pass there too. Lawmakers are hopeful that everything will be done and signed by the end of 2018.
- “Beautiful Boy” is a raw and poignant addiction drama (The Economist)
A new film about addiction, called “Beautiful Boy,” is making headlines. It touches on the dark effect substance abuse can have on the people around us. Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet depict the destruction that comes as friends and family of those struggling become dedicated to their recovery – every ounce of time, effort and money is devoted to protecting their loved ones, and relationships suffer.
- 4 ways hospital leaders can proactively address the opioid epidemic (Becker’s Hospital Review)
Medical professionals are taking a fresh look at pain management and strategizing ways to combat the opioid epidemic while being sensitive to patients in need of pain management. Some ideas, borne at Becker’s 4th Annual Health It + Revenue Cycle Conference in Chicago, are:
- Research and educate about alternative pain management options, such as multimodal approaches
- Set realistic pain expectations with patients
- Ben Affleck on alcohol addiction: ‘Getting help is a sign of courage, not weakness’ (The Boston Globe)
After his completion in rehab for alcohol addiction, Ben Affleck is sharing his thoughts on addiction, recovery, and courage.
“This week I completed a forty-day stay at a treatment center for alcohol addiction and remain in outpatient care,” Affleck wrote in an Instagram post. “The support I have received from my family, colleagues and fans means more to me than I can say. It’s given me the strength and support to speak about my illness with others.”
Affleck noted that while he is out of rehab, he isn’t in the clear. Recovery takes work every day.